Application for Open Studios introduction

Please read through the introduction notes before proceeding to apply via the button at the bottom of this page.

Fee £55 (with 10% commission on sales over £500) OR £110 (no commission)

Application deadline March 3

Note - application deadline for first allocation of space in some shared venues is February 20

Information about our July 7 - 9 event

Find out where will be included on our map

This summer’s event will take place in Hebden Bridge and the surrounding villages and through to Mytholmroyd and the lower part of Cragg Vale.

Todmorden will not be included in this year’s Hebden Bridge Open Studios. If you’re based in Tod you’re still welcome to join us though, see shared venue options below.

Todmorden artists who take part have increasingly chosen to exhibit at venues in Hebden Bridge rather than open their own studio space. A separate Todmorden Open Studios is under discussion to take place on a different date. Contact if you’d like to hear about that.

Exhibiting at the Town Hall, Church Hall and other shared venues

A number of artists are organising venues to exhibit their work during the July 7-9 event so if your own studio or home isn’t suitable to invite the public in you can still take part.

Open Studios requires artists to join on an individual basis. Whatever arrangement you make about sharing a venue you must also fill in the application form and pay the membership fee (see below), after you have confirmation of your venue.

You need to arrange your inclusion in any shared venue before the March 3 deadline. The first allocation of space at Hebden Bridge Town Hall and The Methodist Church Hall will be earlier.

If you have a venue you’d like to share with other artists contact us and we can list it here.

Find out more about exhibiting at Hebden Bridge Town Hall, Hebden Bridge Methodist Church Hall or The Making Mill.

Group exhibitions and educational groups

Educational groups that don’t have work for sale or group exhibitions where one or two pieces of work per artist are displayed may be able to take part as a single listing and not require each participant to pay the membership fee.

Please get in touch to discuss possible involvement.

The Window Trail and Town Hall Exhibition

The exhibition in the Town Hall, June 12 - July 10, allows the public to view a piece of your artwork for a whole month on the run up to Open Studios itself. With the café, river terrace and lots of events taking place during this time it’s great exposure.

Over forty shops, cafés, galleries and other venues gave us space in their windows to display artwork for the week before Open Studios last year. It was a tremendous success so we’ll be hosting a window trail again this summer, June 30 - July 9.

Both of these events are also open to associate members if you can’t join us for July 7 - 9.

The brochure layout and reduced rate artists’ ads

We’ve made some changes to the layout of the brochure for 2023, we hope you like the new design!

Find out more about brochure layout, images and reduced rate artists’ ads.

To apply you will need:

Your contact details

The address of the studio or venue where you will be open this July 7-9 and links for website and social media, etc.

A brief description of your artwork

Space in the brochure is limited, so this will be 145 characters written in the first person. You can add more to the website listing later.

An image of your work for the brochure

The space allocated for your image in the brochure is ratio 8:9 portrait aspect, so if you provide an image that is particularly elongated in either dimension it will not optimise the space.

We would like to use artists images for publicity and send to press so require a good quality image that represents your work. We can easily reduce the size for the brochure if you provide a large file image.

The minimum size we will accept is 1,000 pixels on the shortest axis. But if you upload a small image file it will not be used in any printed publicity or sent to the press.

Find out more about brochure layout, images and reduced rate artists’ ads.

Public Liability Insurance

We need confirmation of appropriate public liability insurance covering July 7-9.

You don’t have to include that now to apply but we will need it by March 17 to be listed in the brochure.

The Artists Network, A-N, provide public liability insurance included with their membership for £38.

Some home insurance companies may cover you for a one off event in your own home but you will need to provide confirmation.

Payment options

To take part in Open Studios July 7-9 there are two payment options. Payment is by bank transfer, contact us if this is not possible.

Option 1

£55 & 10% commission on all sales above £500.

Option 2

£110 flat rate, no commission.

Associate membership

Lots of benefits and a lower fee if you can’t open in July

If you want to enjoy all the benefits of being an Open Studios artist but won’t be open during July 7-9 you are still welcome to join us.

Just £25 to have your own page on our website, join networking and social events, workshops and social media promotions. You can submit work for the Town Hall exhibition, June 12 - July 9, and have work included in the Window Trail throughout Hebden Bridge, June 30 - July 9, and you'll get a discount to join our Christmas event.

Associate membership is for artists not open during July 7-9 and does not include a brochure listing. You would be eligible for artists’ rates for an ad in the brochure though.

Find out more to join any time as an associate member.


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Application deadline March 3

Note - application deadline for first allocation of space in some shared venues is February 20

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